Trucks, Jeeps

Jeep VIN Decoding, 1962-1992

The majority of this information was contributed by Joe Schaefer, of the International Full Size Jeep Association.

1962-1971

The VIN is located on a plate mounted on the front door pillar of the left side door and is 12 digits long.

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Chassis Code Body Style GVW Weights and/or Special Codes Drive Code/Engine Code
Chassis code:
  • 13 - J-100 2WD Wagoneer
  • 14 - J-100 4WD Wagoneer
  • 23 - J-200, J-2500, J-2600, J-2700, J-2800 2WD Gladiator
  • 24 - J-200, J-2500, J-2600, J-2700, J-2800 4WD Gladiator
  • 33 - J-300, J-3500, J-3600, J-3700, J-3800 2WD Gladiator
  • 34 - J-300, J-3500, J-3600, J-3700, J-3800 4WD Gladiator

Body Style:

  • 06 - Cab and Chassis-Truck
  • 07 - Camper Special
  • 08 - Cab and Chassis
  • 12 - 2-Door Station Wagon
  • 13 - Panel Delivery
  • 14 - 4-Door Station Wagon
  • 18 - Stripped Chassis-Truck
 

GVW Weights and/or Special Codes:

  • A - 5600 GVW Truck
  • B - 6600 GVW Truck
  • C - 7600 GVW Truck & Custom-Station Wagon
  • D - 8600 GVW With Dual Rear Wheels/4sp Trans-Truck/ Super Wagoneer with Exterior Metal Type Feature Panels
  • E - 5000 GVW Truck
  • F - 4000 GVW Truck
  • G - 8000 GVW With Dual Rear Wheels/3sp Trans-Truck
  • H - 9000 GVW With Dual Rear Wheels/4sp Trans-Truck
  • O - Disregard
  • S - Smog (discontinued with inception of the 7 digit system)
  • W - 5000 GVW
  • X - 6000 GVW (also console shift wagoneer with exterior woodgrain feature panel)
  • Y - 7000 GVW
  • Z - 8600 GVW with Dual Rear Wheels (also 8600 GVW)
 

Drive Code:

  • 1,3 - Left Hand Drive
  • 2,4 - Right Hand Drive
  • S - Smog (Discontinued w/inception of 7 digit system)

Sequential Serial Number:

  • 6-230 OHC engine - 10,000 thru 49,999
  • 6-232 engine - 200,001-299,999
  • V8-327, V8-304 engine - 50o,001-199,999
  • V8-350 engine - 300,001 - 399,999
  • 6-258 engine - 400,001 - 499,999
  • V8-360 engine - 600,001 - 699,999

Engine Code: (for '68-'71)

  • 6 - 6-232, 6-258
  • 7 - 6-232 Smog, 6-258 Smog
  • 8 - V8-327
  • 9 - V8-327, V8-350 Smog, V8 304, V8-350, V8-360 Smog

Note:

  • 5th digit shown w/o GVW code or 6th digit w/GVW code. On domestic built vehicles, with the inception of the Smog Emission Engines, "S" designator was used either in the Special Code or Drive Code area of the ID plate.
  • Chassis Code 24 (J-2000) prior to August 1969 was a 120" wheelbase truck; after August 1969, it was a 126" wheelbase truck.
  • Chassis Code 34 (J-3000) prior to August 1969 was a 126" wheelbase truck, after it was changed to (J-4000) and 132" wheelbase truck.

The remaining five digits are the sequential serial number.

1972-1980

Note: WB = wheelbase

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Make Year Plant/Transmission/Drive Code Series Body Style Type/GVW Engine

Plant/Transmission/ Drive Code:

  • A - Toledo, GM-LHD
  • B - CKD (Complete Knock Down), GM-LHD, Toledo, Automatic-RHD (after 1976)
  • D - Automatic LHD part time 4WD
  • E - Auto LHD Full Time 4WD
  • F - Toledo, 3-speed-LHD
  • G - Toledo, 3-speed-RHD
  • J - CKD, 3-speed-LHD, Auto RHD full time 4WD
  • K - CKD, 3-speed-RHD
  • M - Toledo, 4-speed-LHD, part time 4WD
  • N - Toledo, 4-speed-RHD, full time 4WD
  • O - CKD, 4-speed-LHD
  • P - CKD, 4-speed-RHD

Body Style ('72-'74) :

  • 1 - Thriftside pickup
  • 2 - Townside pickup
  • 3 - Platform stake truck
  • 4 - 4-door wagon
  • 6 - Cab and chassis truck
  • 7 - 2-door wagon
  • 8 - Stripped chassis
 

Series:

  • 14 - Wagoneer
  • 15 - Custom Wagoneer
  • 16 - Cherokee
  • 17 - "S-110" Cherokee, Chief-2-dr wide track Cherokee
  • 18 - 4-door Cherokee
  • 24 - 120" WB truck
  • 25 - 119" WB truck
  • 26 - 119" WB truck (export only)
  • 34, 45, 46, 47, 48 - 132" WB truck
  • 71 - MD government vehicles
  • 72 - MDA government vehicles
  • 78 - M-606A

 

 

Type/GVW:

  • C - 5600 Custom wagon
  • E - 6000
  • K - 7200
  • M - 6500, 6025 ('75-'77)
  • N - 6500 ('75-'76)
  • O - Standard wagon
  • P - 6800
  • R - 7200 ('75-'76)
  • S - 7600
  • W - 5000 truck
  • X - 6000 truck, 8000 ('75-'76)
  • Y - 7000 truck, 7600 ('77)
  • Z - 8000 truck

Engine Code:

  • A - 6-258 regular
  • B - 6-258 L/C (low compression)
  • C - 6-258 2V
  • E - 6-232 regular
  • F - 6-232 L/C
  • H - V8-304 regular
  • N - V8-360 regular
  • P - V8-360 4V
  • Z - V8-401 4V

The make was J for Jeep Corporation and the year was the last number of the year. For example, in 1972 the second number in the VIN would be 2. The 9th through 13th digits were the sequential serial number starting with 00001 and ending at 99,999. Beginning in 1974, body style was removed in order to make room for a six digit serial number. The first six digit sequential serial number began with 100,000. In 1975, the six digit serial number began with 000,001. In 1976, all wheelbases were shortened by 1". In 1978, all Toledo built vehicles' serial numbers started with 000,001 and all Brampton built vehicles' serial numbers started with 800,001.

1981-1988

Post-1980 Jeep VINs had 17 characters (the change was made to conform to Federal law). The 12th-17th numbers are a unique, nonsequential code.

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Country

Manufacturer

(J = Jeep, B = AMC Canada Ltd.)

Type Engine Transmission/Transfer Case Nameplate/Body GVWR “Check Digit” Model Year Plant
Country of origin:
  • 1 - United States
  • 2 - Canada

Type of car:

  • C - MPV
  • D - Incomplete Vehicle
  • E - Export LHD
  • F - Export RHD
  • T - Truck

 

 

Transmission/Transfer Case:

  • A - 3 speed auto column shift full time
  • B - Auto floor shift part time
  • C - Auto floor shift full time
  • E - Auto column shift part time/4WD
  • F - 5-speed manual floor shift part time
  • G - 4-speed manual floor shift full time
  • H - 4-speed manual floor shift part or full time
  • J - Auto column shift part or full time
  • K - Auto floor shift part or full time
  • L - 5-speed manual floor shift part time
  • M - 4-speed manual floor shift part time
  • N - 5-speed manual floor shift part time/4WD
  • P - 5-speed manual floor shift full time
  • W - 5-speed manual floor shift none
  • X - Part time
 

Nameplate/Body Style

  • 15 - Wagoneer 4-door
  • 16 - Cherokee 2-door
  • 17 - Cherokee 2-door (wide track)
  • 18 - Cherokee 4-door
  • 25 - J-10 Truck
  • 26 - J-10 Truck (131")
  • 27 - J-20 Truck (131")

GVWR

  • A - 3750-5975-6200
  • C - 6200
  • D - 5975-6200
  • L - 5975
  • N - 5975-6200
  • P - 6800
  • S - 7600
  • U - 6200
  • Y - 8400

Plant:

  • B - Brampton
  • T - Toledo

 

The model year started with B in 1981 and continued down the alphabet, skipping J, and ending with J in 1988. The serial number started with 000,001.

To protect the consumer from theft and possible fraud the manufacturer is required to include a "check digit" at the ninth position of the VIN. The check digit is used by the manufacturer and government agencies to verify the authenticity of the vehicle and official documentation. The formula to use the check digit is not released to the general public.

1989-1992

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Country

Manufacturer

(J = Jeep)

Type of Car GVWR Car Line Series Body Engine “Check Digit” Model Year Plant
Country of origin:
  • 1 - United States
  • 2 - Canada

Type of car:

  • 4 - MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle)
  • 6 - Incomplete vehicle

GVWR:

  • F - 4,001 to 5,000
    and in 1,000 increments until
  • M - 10,001 to 14,000 lb
 

Car line:

  • S - Grand Wagoneer

Series/Price class:

  • 1 - "S" (E)
  • 2 - Base (L)
  • 3 - Pioneer/Islander (M)
  • 4 - Sahara (H)
  • 5 - Laredo/Grand (P)
  • 6 - Eliminator (S)
  • 7 - Limited (X)

Body Types:

  • 5 - 4-door wagon
  • 8 - 4-door wagon
 

Model Year:

  • 9 - 1989
  • 0 - 1990
  • etc.

Plant:

  • J - Brampton
  • L - Toledo #1
  • P - Toledo #2

 

Jeep Engine Types

B
    (1981) 2.5 Pontiac 2.1 diesel
    (1985-1987) 2.1 diesel
C
   (1981-1988) 258 AMC
E
    
(1989-1990) 2.5 EFI AMC, unleaded gas
F
    
(1981-1983) 145 diesel
G
   (1989-1990) 2.5 EFI AMC, leaded gas
H
    
(1981-1983) 304 AMC
    (1986-1988) 2.5 EFI AMC

 

L
    (1981-1983) 232 AMC
    (1989-1990) 4.0 EFI AMC, unleaded gas
M
    
(1987-1988) 4.0 EFI AMC
    (1989-1990) 258 AMC, low compression
N
    (1981-1988) 360 AMC
P
    (1991-?) 2.5 EFI AMC
S
    (1991-?) 4.0 EFI AMC
T
    (1989-1990) 258 AMC
7
    
(1989-1992) 5.9 Litre V8

 

 

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